Bears and more bears

I am beginning to think that there are bears lodged in my day dreams.  They seem to be a recurring theme in felt and paint at the moment.  The walk is still ongoing, though step five version one didn’t work so version two is on the board at the moment. I have taken a bit…

Secret – ish Squirrel

Interesting creatures, squirrels.  They finish off the food in the bird feeder; stuff nuts into the grass; play mission impossible across the garden; and – it turns out – are a bit of a swine to needle felt.  They have the most annoying head shape ever and very sticky out eyes.  He came out ok…

Source materials

Birds of all sorts are a bit of an artistic passion.  Then there are hawks. I have no facility to keep a hawk here in the city, no experience and not much in the way of knowledge; but  I have loved falconry ever since I was little. I have been lucky enough to go hunting…

Post-op

I don’t often fiddle, preferring to restart projects.  This time I couldn’t face the time and work involved in restarting, not to mention the waste of materials.  So, out came the scalpel and I went in. First the beak was sliced out, then the eyes and finally a major hack (no precision incisions in this…

Work in progress.

Needle felting the head.  Not without trauma and a lot of eye surgery. Update to the side profile, with the neck bulked out a little

Building birds

Having a passion for birds can lead you into trouble.  It fosters grand ambitions. I do not live the right life for keeping the real thing; the next best thing has to be making and painting them. The corvid (should have been a raven but it clearly is a generic crow) took months and made…

Sneak preview

He needs paws and legs and a brush , but hey we’ll get there

Taking the next step

The foxy faced gentleman on the workshop table has been causing a bit of a design headache.  Though I tried carving expanded foam, I found it far to unwieldy to make a successful body.  Also I need movement and balance. So back to the drawing board, so to speak.  I am not sure whether the…

Fox puppet update

Peter Slight’s challenge for the Artlog is still on the agenda.  As mentioned I changed tack and starting working a rod puppet. He is now starting to take on a personality: